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Unai Arzubiaga
University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU)
Amaia Maseda
University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU)
Amaia Uribarri
University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU)
Jesús Manuel Palma Ruiz
Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua (México)
Vol. 9 No. 2 (2019): INNOVATION IN FAMILY FIRMS: BRIDGING THE THEORY-PRACTICE GAP, Innovation in Family Business, pages 102-114


In a constantly changing environment, collaborative innovation enables the knowledge creation and new product designs, the improved efficiency of the production process and the reduction of time-to-market. However, the achievement of such results in the family SME depends mainly on the unique characteristics of this type of organization, which in turn represent the most widespread kind of business worldwide. Therefore, the objective of this article is to analyze how the composition of the management team, and the factors related to the capabilities –cognitive factors, absorptive capacity, and innovative trajectory- and the attitudes –preservation of SEW legacy and intra-organizational behavior- of the decision makers, mediated mainly by the influence of the family, affect when designing and implementing collaborative innovation processes in a successful way.


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